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Suffolk Psychology Society

Suffolk Psychology Society is pleased to announce an exciting series of lectures for the 2018/2019 academic year. Starting with Annelie Harvey on Wednesday 14th  November at 5pm in WLT2.

Attendance is free and we welcome all interested parties not just University of Suffolk members.

The Suffolk Psychology Society aims to engage locals in a mind stimulating series of talks where current issues are discussed from a scientific perspective. Talks will last for approximately 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions.

There will be an opportunity to meet the guest speaker after the talk and ask any further questions. Free refreshments are provided where you will be able to get to know people and create networks.

To register, please click the book now link under the relevant event.

For further information about the Society please contact Dr Fiorentina Sterkaj, Lecturer in Psychology by email:, or telephone 01473 338187. 



Lecture series

  • Lecture 1, Wednesday 14th November, 5pm in WLT2

Annelie Harvey: Making sense of victimisation and misfortune: A just-world theory perspective

Lerner’s (1980) belief in a just world theory posits that people are committed to believe that the world is a fair and just place, where everyone gets what they deserve. Although such a belief sounds unrealistic, it is essentially what drives people to delay gratification and work towards their deserved outcomes in life. Being confronted with instances of undeserved suffering and misfortune threaten this belief, and therefore, people react in a number of ways to make sense of victimisation and injustice. This talk will discuss some of these reactions to injustice, including the counter normative reactions of victim blame and derogation, utilising real world examples.


  • Lecture 2, Monday 11th February, 4pm in WAD1

Fabio Tartarini:  Holiday Camps and the Good Life: what’s prison got to do with Human Flourishing?

Mental health is paramount to the full participation of individuals in our society. A healthy individual ‘realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’ (World Health Organization, 2010). Human flourishing is a desirable outcome as it leads to improved psychophysical health, reduced days of work lost, lower health risks, and lower utilization of health-care services (Huppert and So, 2013; Keyes, 2007).  However, this is not the case for prisoners. Prisoners’ experiences of incarceration are painful and traumatic, can lead to the development of further mental health issues and, in some cases, self-harm and suicide (Møller et al., 2007). Flourishing happens only in certain limited conditions, for example, where prisons are more humane, and/or where prisoners can attend to activities which increase their self-esteem and self-efficacy (see for example, Bilby et al., 2013; Liebling and Assisted by Arnold, 2004). Few systematic investigations of the process of human flourishing in prison have been conducted so far. In this talk, I will present some of the findings from a short longitudinal investigation of the process of Human Flourishing I’ve conducted in a local category B prison in England.

Besides answering the question in the title, the presentation will shed some light onto the following questions: Can prisoners Flourish in prison? What does human flourishing look like? Which factors facilitate or hinder this process? How does the overall prison experience provided prisoners an opportunity to flourish?

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